Creativity, information & course over art
Digital & Graphic Design
Students are challenged to both understand and articulate the reasons behind their own aesthetic decisions through written summaries and oral presentations of their work. The curriculum also places a heavy emphasis on experimentation, pushing the students to imagine new ways of using the computer as an expressive tool. The Digital Arts curriculum allows for exploration and the building of basic skills and knowledge through our foundational coursework. Then advanced students showcase their skills and talents through their capstone senior project. In addition to other basic admissions requirements, applicants to the MFA program must submit an art portfolio. DigiPen is a Certified Partner of SideFX, developers of the procedural 3D art software, Houdini.
The certificate program serves the specialized need of students as well as individuals interested in electronic music composition and audio production. You will be exposed to important historical aspects that have influenced compositional styles as well as the impact of technology on music and art. Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in the creative field such as independent business owners, production assistants, freelance artists, or work in the area of video, web and social media, or graphics. As an MFA candidate you will take classes from a number of faculty in the Department of Fine Arts, Department of Digital Arts, and Department of Animation and Production. You’ll receive close guidance and mentorship from experienced artists and industry veterans from the world of professional film and game production. Diversify your skills by learning principles of both graphic design and media production.
A 3D modeler must know how to capture the look, weight, and proportion of an object from all angles and work efficiently with sophisticated 3D art tools. Strong research skills, especially as they relate to art history, character design references, and anatomy. A deep understanding of the 3D graphics production pipeline, including the creative process and ability to manage projects from brainstorming to completion. Focus on the skills and specializations that matter most to you; take advantage of independent study opportunities to design your own courses. At Bennington, students work closely with faculty to design the content, structure, and sequence of their study and practice—their Plan—taking advantage of resources inside and outside the classroom to pursue their work.
If you are pursuing a career in fine arts, advertising, audio production, broadcasting, education, electronic publishing, graphic art production, instructional design, marketing, or Web development this program is for you. The mission of the Digital Arts Technology program is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of digital media creation and production. The aim of our program, with its specific focus areas, is to produce digital media designers prepared for jobs in training, marketing, advertising, web development, broadcasting, audio production, graphic art production and electronic publishing. As an MFA student, your studies will begin with a handful of required courses that will form the basis of your digital arts toolkit. From there, you’ll be able to choose from a wide selection of elective offerings in digital art, fine art, animation and production, or project coursework — narrowing your focus in the direction of the skillsets that most interest you. In addition to your regular coursework, you’ll be working toward your final thesis project under the guidance of faculty advisors.
Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) at a private art college, or who need more intensive development of their portfolios for transfer to any institution, should choose this degree. Students planning to transfer to a state institution may want to consider enrolling in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) Art + Design degree. Digital arts majors find a broad number of different opportunities and paths, depending on their specific interests. From music and audio tech to design and streaming-video production and support, digital artists find many careers and opportunities to put their creative and technical abilities together.
The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available forbookingby Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings. If you already have a degree in design or you’re currently employed in the graphic design field, the Graphics and Animation Certificate can be a great addition to your skill set.